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and -- genon potomac power plant and was the first to raise questions about its emissions. the current owners say publicly they're is hurting the plant -- they're shuttering the plant because it's too expensive to keep running, but citizens component to elizabeth. she educated herself about coal- fired plants and emissions and commissioned three studies. one of the most important studies was from a local scientist who disproved what the company was saying about something called downwash. instead of pollutant particle going up into the atmosphere, the scientists found they were actually coming down into the neighborhood. >> it proved that more than 1,200 hours a year this plant was emitting sulfur dioxide beyond the national standard. >> reporter: the downwash was due in part to the short stacks required because the plant is in the flight path of national
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airport. a penn state study matched the company's coal to that gray residue and a harvard study connected residents' health problems to pollutants spewed out by the plant. >> we can all take a deep breath. >> reporter: but until the last 15,000 tons of coal is gone elizabeth chimento will be keeping track. peggy fox, 9 news now. >> clean-up will take about 18 months at the plant. most of genon's 120 workers have transferred or retired and there's no word on what's next for that valuable waterfront property. in maryland a calvert county judge is deciding whether dominion resources can start using hydraulic fracturing techniques to increase its natural gas exports. the company wants to spend up to $3 billion for those upgrades, but the sierra club says this process will harm the chesapeake bay and nearby calvert cliff state park. a slew of cases for the u.s. supreme court this season. the justices wasted no time
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getting back to work today. they started the session by hearing arguments about whether businesses or individuals can be sued in the u.s. for conduct on foreign soil. the justices also declined to hear arguments about redistricting in illinois, the use of full body scanners for airport security and a challenge to a federal rule barring development in national forests. this term they're expected to hear cases about affirmative action, same sex marriage and voter rights. we could all face a massive tax increase if congress does not get to work to avoid that so-called fiscal cliff. a new study from the tax policy center says a typical middle income family could he would its taxes go up by about 2 -- could see its taxes go up by about $2,000 if congress does not extend a slew of tax cuts set to expire in december. today marks one year since the occupy movement hit d.c.
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and supporters say their fight for financial change is not over. >> reporter: i'm at freedom plaza. a few dozen people came out to take part in the occupy d.c. movement and hit a number of targets including the u.s. chamber of commerce and pepco. >> whose streets? no streets. tear up the concrete! >> reporter: on the one year anniversary of the occupy movement demonstrators took to the streets again. >> all day all week occupy k street! >> reporter: this year a few dozen made their way through downtown d.c., a sharp contrast from a year ago when freedom plaza and k street were filled with tents and people. >> you have no hope for real change in this country if you don't have a movement that stands up for all people. >> reporter: their targets are banks, businesses and government agencies along the k street corridor. >> fight, fight, fight! >> reporter: their fight against what they call corporate greed and corruption. >> not on my watch. i couldn't get away with it. >> people need to realize their voice matters and for the most
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part we live in a silent society that doesn't use it. >> reporter: there were no arrests today, but this is part of a so-called week of resistance. so protesters are expected to be out here each day this week. tonight could be a big night here in the nation's capital. >> we hope. so the nats could seal the deal by winning the national league east definition. our derek mcginty is at the park with a preview. >> reporter: we're a little damp at the park, but spirits remain high. part of the reason is as you said one game is all the nats need. we've got a special guest. i want to bring in somebody very important. his name is teddy roosevelt, one of the racing presidents at nats park. a lot of people think maybe this could be his year. maybe as the nats have begun to win maybe this could be his chance to finally win a race. teddy, is tonight the night? teddy says tonight could be the night. you know if you win, teddy, it's over, right?
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no more races. the shtick is done. you're going to win anyway? he says tonight's the night. there you have it straight from the mouth of teddy roosevelt himself. tonight is the night. for those of you saying let teddy win, he's in shape, he's been training. he expects to take the race tonight. of course, maybe it will be poetic justice because as we know the phillies are in found and 1 more game and the nats will be nl east champions. we should note some things for you. here's what can happen tonight. first of all, if the nats win, they will win their first nl east pennant. even if they lose, if the braves lose to pittsburgh tonight, the nats will still win the division. but if the nats lose and the braves win, we have to wait yet another night for the nats to win and clinch the pennant. if they get rained out, we'll have to wait another night, too perhaps. we'll hope that doesn't happen. in the meantime there is a lot going on that took a long time to get the playoffs off here in
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washington, but it's also taken a long time to revive the neighborhood that the stadium is in. >> reporter: this is bruce johnson outside nats park. we're asking the question what happened to all the economic development promised for the area? >> we need some more bars and restaurants and hotels, everything down here. >> reporter: the fans, owners, city officials, business community, just about everybody are still waiting for the economic renaissance, the kind that followed the verizon center's construction in the heart of china town. >> you know what happened. the stadium got built. the market crashed and nothing got developed. >> reporter: in today's money this is a $660 million ballpark, one of the best in the business. they broke ground here in march of 2006. two years later they had opening day here. what's missing still are businesses to fill all of those vacant lots over there, bars, restaurants, hotels, housing units. >> we're still very optimistic. it's a timing issue. >> reporter: local lawyer mark towie led the team that
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negotiated baseball's return to washington and then the construction of nationals park. >> the situation the economy has been in the last few years where construction financing has not been as available, but i'm told by a number of developers it's coming very quickly now in the next few years and with it, by the way, the all-star game. >> reporter: bruce johnson, 9news. >> reporter: regardless of what happens in the neighborhood outside the park tonight is about what happens in the park. will the nats clinch the nl east tonight? let me tell you early tonight they were taking batting practice. they were very loose. i was dabbing on a little makeup and one of the guys walked over and said, you know, for that you lose your man card. i think they're ready to play. lesli, back to you. >> yes, we'll take that man card right over here. thank you very much. we'll see you later, derek. the white house officially confirmed a hacker tried to break into the white house's computer system. that hacker targeted an unclassified area and was
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blocked not able to remove any data. the white house official who offered this information did so on the condition of staying a? plus. more than a dozen new -- anonymous. more than a dozen new laws take effect in maryland today which include prohibiting employers for asking potential employees for their usernames and passwords to their social media sites. fantasy sports are exempt from betting in the state and residents forced to leave a job to escape the threat of domestic violence will now be eligible for unemployment benefits in maryland. you can see more details of those laws at an update from the national zoo about its female giant panda. today the zoo tweeted that mei xiang went outside briefly saturday and then again this morning. this is some file video in the days after she gave birth to a cub two weeks ago. sadly that cub died last sunday. the panda house has been closed ever since, but the zoo says it partially reopened the house
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today and expects to have it completely back open soon. coming up on 9news at 7:00 how the boy scouts of america are working with police to get possible sex offenders off the streets. >> plus why that film that mocks the prophet muhammad is stirring up even more controversy tonight. >> let's check in with topper. >> let's talk nats because that's all anybody is talking about, a couple sprinkles in northwest, couple sprinkles possible for the game, nothing heavy, temperatures 70 to start, 64 when you finish, winds out of the south. we'll come back and talk about when the heavy activity may roll in and what that means for your morning and evening commutes. >> up next big changes along i- 95 in virginia. we'll look at the new traffic counter.
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a heads up tonight about a major commuter alert. starting today the ramp from the hov lanes just south of the fairfax county parkway when you head southbound on i-95, that's closed and it's going to remain that pay permanently. this is part of the project to build those high occupancy toll lanes. you still have some of these in your car? remember these? these little cds. or have they given way to one of these. if you still have some compact discs laying around, wish them a happy birthday. 30 years ago today sony started selling the first commercial compact discs and their players in japan. the first cd printed was 52nd street by billy joel and that first player sold for $730 back in 1982. adjust that for inflation that.
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would be about $1,700 today. the ukelele orchestra will play next month. you've never heard of one? you're about to. ♪[ music ] >> the orchestra plays everything from handel to adel and motor head. still ahead the presidential race is not the only battleground in virginia. we'll look at the senate race up next. too many americans are struggling to find work
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in today's economy. too many of those who are working are living paycheck to paycheck trying to make falling incomes meet rising prices for food and gas. more americans are living in poverty than when president obama took office and fifteen million more are on food stamps. president obama and i both care about poor and middle-class families. the difference is my policies will make things better for them. we shouldn't measure compassion by how many people are on welfare. we should measure compassion by how many people are able to get off welfare and get a good paying job. my plan will create twelve million new jobs over the next four years helping lift families out of poverty and strengthening the middle-class. i'm mitt romney and i approve this message because we can't afford another four years like the last four years. ♪
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virginia's candidates are spending the day in northern virginia for campaign 20 we know. george allen -- 2012. george allen joined a group for a roundtable and later met with the association of realtors. in a little more than an hour democrat tim contain will have
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a gathering at st. paul church in woodbridge. he held a women's meeting in fairfax this morning. house majority leader eric cantor is set to debate an opponent for only the second time since being elected to congress in 2000. cantor, a republican from virginia's 7th district will debate democrat wayne powell, a lawyer and retired army colonel making his first run for public office. the debate is in richmond tonight set for one hour and focus on the big issue, the economy. wednesday will be the first president al debate between president obama and governor mitt romney. domestic policy will be the theme in denver and we here at wusa9 are your go to debate station wednesday night. if you just want the facts and no spin. 9 news now is teaming up with our sister paper usa today and starting at 9 p.m. on our website we will be fact checking what the candidates say. we will also live stream the debate. so make sure your television is turned to channel 9 to watch the debate when it starts at
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9:00 and then log onto for live checking at the same time. we're doing fact checking in realtime. then 9 news now at 11:00. we'll have the most comprehensive and accurate debate coverage. so we've got a lot going on this week, but let's start. let's not get ahead of ourselves. >> wouldn't it be cool if they had a fact checker actually at the debate. >> that would be interesting. >> probably not going to happen. >> we don't have to check your facts. we know it's raining a little at nationals park. >> nothing heavy, not a huge deal, but before we get to that take time to look at this video. this is really incredible video. this is from okinawa in japan. look at things being blown around by this typhoon. that's a dumper it. wait a minute. this is -- dumpster. wait a minute. this is not the best part. that's a car. >> wow. >> 100 mile-per-hour winds and it just made a mess out of our military base, okinawa japan.
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winds were over 100 miles an hour. remember a typhoon is the same as a hurricane. it's just across the international dateline. okay. our live weather cam brought to you by michael and son, little calmer, some sprinkles but nothing crazy, right now 67. as the precipitation moves in, it will cool. this dew point will come up. that temperature will go down and it will cool off, winds south, southwest at 10. the big picture, satellite picture radar combined, there's where most of the action will be in the ohio and tennessee valley because the storm itself is back into alabama and this storm is actually going to move pretty much northward into the ohio valley. so consequently the heaviest access of rain tonight and early tomorrow will be west of town. that said there are some sprinkles already. i don't think it will be anything big at the game, no delays and certainly not a cancellation. if you're going, take a poncho. these showers are moving through. then there's another batch of showers to the south, but the main event is really late
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tonight and early tomorrow. in fact, a little heavier activity down towards harrisonburg and charlottesville. these are just sprinkles on connecticut avenue and out 50 if you're going out toward annapolis and a couple sprinkles down 202. showers on the way, showers after the game and a couple showers before the game, but the main event will be after the game. wet tuesday morning, may want to leave a little early tuesday morning. warmer on wednesday, a little touch of summer coming back. thunderstorms are possible especially wednesday. late tonight 1:00 in the morning a couple showers south of town and our futurecast putting this into motion. we see some pretty big storm orr heavy rain roll through the metro. warm front will try to bust through here tomorrow morning. so 6:00, 7:00, 8:00 some pretty good action right along 66 toward 50 and points north indicated by the yellow and orange there. then a break, light showers possible later in the morning and another little break by evening and then this time tomorrow we could see another
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run on of showers and some thunderstorms indicated by the red there just south of manassas. so for tonight mostly cloudy, cool, showers developing, a few showers for the nats game, 54 to 64. tomorrow morning showers, maybe even a thunderstorm, 50s and 60s with light winds. the next three days we'll keep it code green. we reserve the right to bump it up to yellow, 78 tuesday, 84 wednesday, some storms, but some sun also wednesday, great on thursday, partly cloudy, 84. that's nice and a nice finish to the week, partly cloudy, temperatures in the low 80s on friday. the terps in town saturday. it's family weekend, some showers possible late saturday. it's going to be close to -- the game doesn't start to 3:00 or 3:30, maybe some showers before the game is over, cooler for the skins game, mid-60s and kind of cool this time next week, rain and mid-60s. >> rain and mid-60s right now rain and 70s at nationals park, but the nationals can win the
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division tonight. kristen berset there is where there's a lot of excitement. >> reporter: there really is, guys. the rain is coming down a little bit, but that won't damper the spirit of tonight. the nats can clinch their division title. hear from the guys coming up. >> plus redskins enjoying a victory monday. hear what rg3 did that impressed mike shanahan next in sports. krystal conwell : we see a lot of problems with the...
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anncr: question seven will help. the department of legislative services says question seven... will mean hundreds of millions of dollars... for schools...from gaming revenues that would have... gone to other states. and independent audits will guarantee the money... goes where it's supposed to. krystal conwell: i think people should vote for question... seven because i think it will be a great benefit to children.
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and now 9 sports with kristen berset. >> reporter: welcome back. we are live at national park. the nats, 1 win and they could win their first division title but, of course, the phillies would love nothing more than to spoil that tonight for them. they almost did it once about. they beat e nationals last week while they were in philadelphia. then the nats went to st. louis and weren't able to clinch there either. so they dropped two out of three in st. louis, but you know what? it's set up this perfect situation. now the nationals have a chance to clinch and celebrate with their hometown fans. >> to be able to come home and hopefully take care of business and especially in front of the fans like you said. they've been through a lot of this like we have and they deserve it just as much as us. >> it will be an opportunity i've never experienced. a lot of guys in their experience especially at a young age, i think it's going to be exciting. >> if we could win the series. >> reporter: looking for win
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no. 5, kyle kendrick going for his 11th win, he'll get to start for the phillies. the nats aren't the only area team playing meaningful baseball in october. the baltimore orioles headed to their first postseason berth, first winning season even in 15 years back in 1997 when bill clinton was still president. all right. heading out to ashburn, the washington redskins enjoyed a victory monday after squeaking by tampa bay buccaneers. mike shanahan said today they are not working out any kickers this week. they are sticking with billy cundiff for at least one more week, but he did sing the praises of his rookie quarterback. for the 2nd week in a row rg3 put his team in position to win calling several plays himself to his headset had actually gone out. >> it felt great. you know, the whole drive was a little complicated in practice every week. we always practice mecalling the plays in two minutes,
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acting as if the headset goes out and the funny thing was the headset did go out on that drive. i had to call a couple of my own plays and we moved the chains and got in the field goal range. >> reporter: and it's time to vote for our high school game of the week. lots of great match-ups for you guys this week. here are your choices. go to u wren -- go to usahighschoolsports. live at nats park, back to you guys. >> i guess if we see a lot of people with circles under their eyes tomorrow, we will know why. that's it for us. the cbs evening news is next. anita will see you at 7:00 and don't forget to wake up bright and early 4:25 a.m.
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to see wusa9 in the morning. have a great night. bye. too many americans are struggling to find work in today's economy. too many of those who are working are living paycheck to paycheck trying to make falling incomes meet rising prices for food and gas. more americans are living in poverty than when president obama took office and fifteen million more are on food stamps. president obama and i both care about poor and middle-class families.
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the difference is my policies will make things better for them. we shouldn't measure compassion by how many pple are on welfare. we should measure compassion by how many people are able to get off welfare and get a good paying job. my plan will create twelve million new jobs over the next four years helping lift families out of poverty and strengthening the middle-class. i'm mitt romney and i approve this message because we can't afford another four years like the last four years. ♪
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